White Sox 5, Athletics 2

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP)—Freddy Garcia and the Chicago White Sox got rare wins in Oakland on Saturday.

Garcia won for the third time in four starts since his trade to the White Sox, leading Chicago over the Athletics 5-2 Saturday.

Paul Konerko, Carlos Lee and Aaron Rowand homered for the White Sox, who won for only the second time in their last 17 games at Oakland. Garcia had not won at Oakland since June 3, 2002.

“We finally won a game here,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. “We’ll do anything we can to score runs, especially against a pitching staff like Oakland’s. A one-run lead is not easy against them.”

Garcia (7-8) is 3-1 with a 3.95 ERA since Seattle dealt him to the White Sox on June 27, and he improved to 5-0 in six day games this season. He allowed two runs—one earned—and two hits in 6 2-3 innings, struck out six and walked two.

“He’s been great in his four starts here,” said Chicago catcher Ben Davis, who also came over in the trade. “He’s doing the job they’ve asked of him. He wants the big games. He likes that pressure.”

Damaso Marte pitched 1 1-3 innings, and Shingo Takatsu finished the four-hitter to remain perfect in six save chances.

“He makes my job easier,” Guillen said. “We have a lot of confidence in him to throw strikes.”

The game ended when Takatsu snared Adam Melhuse’s liner at chest level.

“That was the only place I could reach it,” Takatsu said through an interpreter. “I was fortunate he hit it where it was and I responded quickly. It looked like the size of a bowling ball.”

Mark Redman (6-7) lost his fourth straight start, his longest losing streak since an eight-game skid from May 15, 2001, and May 15, 2002. He allowed five runs and six hits in seven innings.

After allowing eight homers in his first 14 starts, Redman has allowed 11 in his last four. Chicago is on pace to hit a team-record 235 homers.

Erubiel Durazo drove in two runs for the A’s, who lost for the sixth time in nine games.

Konerko put Chicago ahead in the second with his 23rd homer, his eighth in his last 20 games, and Davis singled for a 2-0 lead.

After an error by shortstop Jose Valentin in the fourth, Durazo tied the score with a two-run double.

Lee homered for a 3-2 lead in the sixth, and Rowand hit a two-run drive in the seventh.

“We’re not going to win every game by the home run,” Lee said. “It seems like every time we take the lead here they come back to beat us. This time we went right back at them when they came back to tie.”

Rowand hit an 0-2 pitch for his 10th homer of the season.

“Sometimes you don’t get the ball exactly where you want it and someone ends up hitting it out,” A’s manager Ken Macha said. “Two strikes, I’m sure he’s trying to throw the ball in the dirt somewhere, and he gets a swing.”

Before Rowand’s homer, Juan Uribe broke up a potential inning-ending double play on Davis’ grounder to Mark McLemore. Uribe slid hard into Bobby Crosby at second, prolonging the inning.

“To me that was the play of the game,” Davis said. “He gave us a second chance, and Rowand has been outstanding for us. That made a big difference.”

Crosby said he couldn’t handle the feed from McLemore.

“I got it in my glove and I had no grip on it,” he said. “I knew if I threw it, it would be in the stands, so I decided not to throw it.”


LHP Adam Pettyjohn was acquired by Oakland from San Francisco for cash. The former major leaguer was assigned to Sacramento of the PCL. … The A’s hosted a 30-year reunion of the 1974 World Series championship team and wore replicas of that year’s jerseys. … A’s LHP Chris Hammond is expected to throw a simulated game Sunday. … White Sox OF Joe Borchard made his first career appearance in the Bay area since he played at Stanford. … Konerko committed his first error in 34 games.

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